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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Moth Flop at Ferryside

After the daytime success at Allt Rhyd y Groes/Pysgotwr on Friday, I put out two actinics (on 26.7.13) near Ferryside, one on upper saltmarsh transition habitat at Morfa Uchaf, and the other amongst Typha in a small roadside swamp (see first photo above). I need n`t have bothered going out trapping, as there were very few moths in both traps (night too clear and cold?). The upper saltmarsh trap had a magpie (a much-declined Carms moth) whilst the swamp had the pyralid Scoparia subfusca (see photo), but no `good` wainscots (just `smokies`). There were no interesting saltmarsh species in that trap, and even early morning tiredness and drummed up imagination could not magically change the single dark arches into a crescent striped for me.
No moth migrants, but the normally migrant hoverfly Scaeva pyrastri in my garden is suggestive.

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